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People - Gianmarco Veruggio

Gianmarco Veruggio received the degree in electronic engineering from the Genoa University in 1980. From 1980 to 1983 he worked as a designer of fault-tolerant multiprocessor architectures for fail-safe control systems in the Automation Division of Ansaldo.
In 1984 he joined the CNR-IAN in Genoa, as a Research Scientist. He has worked on real-time computer graphics for simulation, control techniques, and naval and marine data-collection systems.
In 1989 he founded the CNR-IAN Robotics Department (Robotlab), which he headed until 2003, to carry out researches and missions on experimental robotics in extreme environment. In these missions, he tested his approach: the development of working prototypes to be exploited in a Virtual Lab environment. His research interests encompass robot mission control, real-time human-machine interfaces, networked control system architectures for tele-robotics and Internet Robotics. He headed several marine robotics campaigns in Antarctica and in the Arctic. In particular, during the 2001-2002 Antarctic expedition, he carried out the E-Robot Project, the first experiment of Internet Robotics via Satellite in the Antarctica. In 2002 he designed and developed the Project E-Robot2, the first experiment of world wide Internet Robotics ever carried out in the Arctic. During these projects, he organized a series of "live-science" sessions, in collaboration with students and teachers of Italian schools.
In 2007 he joined the CNR Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (CNR-IEIIT) as a Research Director and is now Responsible for the Operational Unit of Genoa of CNR-IEIIT.
He is author of more than 150 scientific publications. He has written more than a hundred of articles on Robotics in popular magazines, and he is a reference point for the media and the scientific press.
He has been involved in projects of dissemination and education and in 2000 he founded the association "Scuola di Robotica" to promote Robotics among young people through European and national Educational projects.
The study of the complex relationship between Robotics and Society led him to coin the term and propose the concept of Roboethics and to dedicate increasing resources to the development of this new applicative field of Ethics. He was organizer and Chair of the First International Symposium on Roboethics (Sanremo, January 2004), the EURON Roboethics Atelier (Genoa, February 2006), the ICRA Workshops on Roboethics (Rome, April 14th 2007; Kobe, May 17th 2009; Shanghai, May 13, 2011). He was Guest Editor of the Robotics and Automation Magazine Special Issue on Roboethics, March 2011. He serves as Corresponding Co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Roboethics.
He was leader of the WP on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Robotics in the EC Project CARE (Concerted Action for Robotics in Europe).
He acts as Italian Representative in the ISO TC184 (Automation systems and Integration): WG 7 (Personal care safety) on developing safety requirements of personal care robots and WG 8 (Service robots) on exploring the need for the development of any service robot standard.
He shared the AAP (Association of American Publishers) PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics" e "Award for Engineering & Technology", as co-author of the chapter 64 "Roboethics: Social and Ethical Implications of Robotics", in "Springer Handbook of Robotics", ISBN: 978-3-540-23957-4.
In 2006 he was presented with the Ligurian Region Award for Innovation and in 2009 he was presented with the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, one of Italy's highest civilian honours.


  • IEEE-RAS Robotics and Automation Society
  • IEEE-OES Ocean Engineering Society
  • IEEE-SSIT Society on Social Implication of Technology
  • EURON European Robotics Research Network
  • IACAP International Association for Computing and Philosophy
  • WABT World Academy of Biomedical Technology
  • LIFEBOAT Foundation

Giamarco Veruggio
CNR-IEIIT Via De Marini, 6
16149 Genova GE, Italia
gianmarco.veruggio [at]
Tel.+39 010 6475 616